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Stop Making Sense is a newly restored and re-released concert documentary that is considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time. The Film Society continues to celebrate the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival with a slate of genre specific titles that feature musicians of our time.
Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit. The film offers the band to get reacquainted after decades of estrangement, and to revisit a moment of jubilant shared success.
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune writes, “The movie is the finest imaginable version of the Talking Heads’ Speaking in Tongues tour. The concert’s physical staging elements, introduced in pieces and segments, with elegant and wryly suggestive words, create an aura of pristine unease.”
[2023, Us 88 min, Rating: PG-13]